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FDA Proposes New Orders For Tanning Salons

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing that tanning salons give customers under 18 warnings about their risks.

The American Academy of Dermatology says there is a 75 percent increase in the risk of melanoma for people who use tanning beds. Experts say that is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but say it is also the most preventable.

"Here at Endless Summer, we've always required for you to have parental consent if you are under the age of 18," says Brandi Stogner.

Stogner owns Endless Summer Tanning and Hair on Highway 98. She says the state of Mississippi allows teens 14 and older to receive tans.

But the new proposals want parents to think twice about letting their children tan at all.

"There is no such thing as a safe tan," says Becca Duff.

Duff is a dermatologist, and says she is glad the FDA wants to have salons warn young people not to use the devices.

"They've done studies that have shown that just people going to one indoor tanning session increases their risk of melanoma."

Stogner says all of her clients know the risk before they step foot into the beds.

"We have always posted in every room next to our tanning beds - dangerous ultraviolet lights."

"When you are in a tanning bed you are getting UVA and UVB light."

Duff says even though those are some of the same rays you would get from the sun, she still advices her patients to stay away from them.

"We know for a fact that they cause skin cancer. We know for a fact that they predispose you to premature aging."

Stogner says her staff is trained to try and help clients avoid this problem.

"As long as you stay in for the proper amount of time, you can get a tan without causing skin damage."

"People have a tendency to use them more often, so they become more dangerous," says Duff.

If you choose to go tanning outdoors, Duff says to always wear sunscreen.

Duff says one common myth is that African Americans cannot get skin cancer. She says that is not true, and the best protection for anyone is to always use sunscreen.

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